Posts Tagged ‘ colorful ’

Beads: The Portable Craft

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Going away on vacation?  Don’t underestimate the brilliant, time occupying nature of an old fashioned bead set.  Not only will children make you gorgeous necklaces, but the multitudes of tiny colorful objects lead to sorting, arranging, and rearranging.

Grab an organizer from the craft store and fill it with beads of all  shapes, sizes, and colors.  If you are faced with a rainy afternoon or if your kiddos are in need of some quiet time, break out the kit and let them play.  We don’t go camping without one!

Don’t forget cord and twine for making necklaces!

I love wearing my child made jewelry!

-Emily

Add a Comment

Summertime Party Garland

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Now that it is summer and we find ourselves celebrating outdoors, I am reminded of how much I love to make party garlands. When we break out the shade structure, I love to decorate it with a colorful, paper pendant garland.  It makes the yard look happy and inviting.

The best part about this project is that most of it is actually kid made. I enlist my two and ask them to paint bright colors onto brown paper bags.  Then, we cut out triangles and I slowly sew them using a straight stitch on my machine.  You can also punch holes and thread with yarn or string.

Hang it wherever the party is!

Happy July weekending, my friends.

-Emily

Add a Comment

5 Bright Spots: DIY Summer Bracelets

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Make them, trade them, wear them in the ocean until they are sun faded!

1.  Friendship Bracelets  (above photo) are the timeless way to bond with friends, whether it be at camp, the pool, or in the backyard.

2. Use wire, cord, and buttons to make these simple Color Block Bracelets.

3. T-Shirt Bracelets are the perfect way to recycle old shirts while creating a cool summer accessory.

4. These DIY Fabric Bracelets are gorgeous and so simple to make.  Dig into your bin of fabric scraps for inspiration!

5. Anette’s DIY Leather Bracelets are woven together beautifully!

Enjoy!

Emily

Add a Comment

5 Bright Spots: Beautiful Mother’s Day Crafts

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Happy Saturday, friends!  Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus?  They are simple enough to be last minute creations!

1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.

2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.

3. Clever!  Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.

4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.

5. How perfect is this?  Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!

xo e

Add a Comment

Make it :: Communal Twig Sculpture

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

 

This past fall, I ran a Story Disk workshop at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the honor of spending the day in the art studio with the incredible Arts Program Manager,  Alice Volger.  The studio is gorgeous — inspiring, organized, and filled with most beautiful creative work.  I found myself especially captivated by the communal twig and tape sculpture that dangles from the ceiling, cheerfully greeting visitors.

Alice told me a bit about the process. Children filtered into the studio all day long and used twigs and colorful masking tape to add to the sculpture.  By the end of the day (or perhaps it was a few days), the twigs were intertwined in the grandest of ways.  It is breathtaking, really.

Why not try this at home?  Ask children to gather sticks and twigs (yard clean-up!).  Leave the twigs and multiple roles of colorful masking tape at a craft station for a few days.  Show children photographs of sculptures and encourage them to experiment with making their own unique creation.

If you have small children and are anywhere near Boston, definitely stop by the museum for a visit!

-Emily

Add a Comment